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They'll Walk the Line

Tara Thiemann

Who hates termites? Raise your hands.  Those dratted termites damage our homes, decks, furniture, fence posts and other wooden materials.  But at the 95th annual UC...

Tara Thiemann
Tara Thiemann

ROUNDING UP THE TERMITES--Coordinating the termite trail activity last year at the UC Davis Picnic Day at Briggs Hall was graduate student Tara Thiemann. She'll also be coordinating the termite trails again this year. The UC Davis Picnic Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Walking the Line
Walking the Line

WALKING THE LINE--A termite follows the scent of what smells like a pheromone, and stops at the end of the ink line. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Fly on a Rose Petal

Fly on a Rose

Poet Gertrude Stein wrote in her 1913 poem, "Sacred Emily," that  "a rose is a rose is a rose." Things are what they are. The laws of identity. No matter where I go, there I am. When I captured this photo last Sunday of a...

Fly on a Rose
Fly on a Rose

FLY ON A ROSE--We're accustomed to seeing insects on roses, but not flies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 5:03 PM
Tags: fly (9), Robert Kimsey (26), rose (6)

A Taste of Honey

Honey Tasting

If you attend the 95th annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 18 and stop by Briggs Hall between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you'll get a taste of honey. In fact, six tastes of honey. Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen, a 32-year member of the UC...

Honey Tasting
Honey Tasting

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION APICULTURIST Eric Mussen (center) answers questions about honey at the annual honey tasting table at Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Varietals
Honey Varietals

HONEY VARIETALS include alfalfa, avocado, basswood, blueberry, buckwheat, clover, eucalyptus, fireweed, orange blossom, sage, sourwood and tupelo. This poster will be displayed at Briggs Hall during the 95th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on sage
Honey bee on sage

HONEY BEE on salvia (sage). Sage honey, primarily produced in California, is rich and light with a cloverlike flavor and "an elegant after taste," according to the National Honey Board. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Jumping Jehosaphat!

Harpegnathos saltator

If you're accustomed to seeing ants crawl, wait a minute...some can actually jump. Ants? Jump? Like leaping lizards? True. Harpegnathos saltator, aka Jerdon's jumping ant, a...

Harpegnathos saltator
Harpegnathos saltator

JERDON'S JUMPING ANT or Harpegnathos saltator will be among the topics discussed at the Christian Peeters' lecture from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 15 at 122 Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo courtesy of entomologist-insect photographer Alex Wild)

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Fast Food

Aphids on Rose Bush

In a matter of days, the aphids discovered our newly purchased rose bushes. They clustered around the buds and unfolding leaves, piercing the tender stems and sucking  the plant juices as if there were no tomorrow. For some of them, there would be...

Aphids on Rose Bush
Aphids on Rose Bush

APHIDS ON A ROSE BUSH--Aphids suck plant juices, as these are doing here. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not a Rosy Situation
Not a Rosy Situation

THIS IS NOT A ROSY SITUATION--Scores of aphids run up and down the stem of a rose bush, sucking plant juices. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Feast for One
Feast for One

FEAST FOR ONE--A ladybug chows down an aphid. Nearby aphids seem unaware of the predator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leaf Sitter
Leaf Sitter

LEAF SITTER--The ladybug crawls out to the end of a rose leaf and scoops up an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 5:14 PM
Tags: aphids (34), ladybugs (41), rose bushes (1)

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